Effects of beraprost sodium and prostaglandin E1 on skin blood flow in diabetic rats and normal dogs

Gen Pharmacol. 1996 Mar;27(2):333-5. doi: 10.1016/0306-3623(95)02007-1.


1. The present study was undertaken to compare the effects of beraprost sodium (BPS), a stable prostaglandin I2 analog, with prostaglandin E1 (PGE1) on the skin blood flow in anesthesized diabetic rats and anesthetized dogs. 2. In anesthetized diabetic rats, BPS, but not PGE1, caused a dose-dependent and significant increase in femoral skin blood flow. 3. In anesthetized dogs, PGE1 significantly increased femoral arterial blood flow than BPS. However, BPS significantly increased in-step skin blood flow than PGE1. 4. The above data suggest that BPS may be clinically useful for the treatment of circulatory insufficiency of lower extremities in diabetic patients.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Alprostadil / pharmacology*
  • Animals
  • Diabetes Mellitus, Experimental / physiopathology*
  • Dogs
  • Dose-Response Relationship, Drug
  • Epoprostenol / analogs & derivatives*
  • Epoprostenol / pharmacology
  • Female
  • Male
  • Platelet Aggregation Inhibitors / pharmacology*
  • Rats
  • Regional Blood Flow / drug effects
  • Skin / blood supply
  • Skin / drug effects*


  • Platelet Aggregation Inhibitors
  • beraprost
  • Epoprostenol
  • Alprostadil